Badger cull – argument against

The High Peak Badger Group (HPBG) is campaigning against the cull and member Debbie Bailey, of Furness Vale, joined Brian May to protest in London at the weekend.

“The Government is saying anything to do something for the farmers. All we’re asking for is to get a vaccination programme,” she said.

“They haven’t got any proof what–so–ever that culling badgers is the answer, it’s all just political.”

Debbie and other members of the group visited Somerset recently to make the Stand Up For Badgers film, which urges people to protect their native badgers.

The film featured her parents, Barbara and Terry Bailey, who also live in Furness Vale.

Fellow HPBG member David Brock, of Chapel–en–le–Frith, blamed modern intensive farming practices, such as artificial insemination and the way cattle is moved around for the spread of the illness.

“It’s depleting the gene pool of these herds,” he said. “The immune systems of cattle are so low they are susceptible to illness.

“The Government has decided something has got to be done and in it’s infinite wisdom it’s decided to slaughter wildlife.”